Saban’s Vortexx Bids Farewell to Saturday Mornings on The CW on September 27June 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Konami, Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 3 Comments
After two years, Saban Brands’ five-hour children’s programming block will say goodbye to Saturday mornings on The CW this fall. Vortexx on The CW will have its final run on September 27, thereafter being replaced with One Magnificent Morning, a new teen-targeted block featuring an assortment of live-action educational and informational (E/I) shows distributed by CBS Television Distribution.
Saban had acquired the five-hour Saturday block and 4Kids’ television broadcast management crew in June 2012, which were components in a larger sale by 4Kids while it was reorganizing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a part of the acquisition, Saban and Konami had inked a deal to broadcast Yu-Gi-Oh! on The CW through at least the summer 2016 season. Their agreement allows for the termination of their relationship in the event that Saban no longer has the rights to program the block for any reason.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! License does not restrict the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime to any specific TV network and leaves the door open for Konami to either license the series’ TV broadcast rights to another broadcast or cable network, or, if unsuccessful in such an endeavor, to syndicate the series.
There’s no word yet on which network new episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will premiere come fall 2014. One possibility is Nicktoons, where ZEXAL made its debut in April 2013 and where the series currently airs every Sunday. There’s also no word on what will happen to Vortexx’s programming on Kabillion, or whether the Vortexx brand will still be in use after this summer.
Reps from 4K Media (Konami) and Saban Brands did not reply to inquiries at the time of this writing.